I wanted to share a local event and some links of interest, as the Tribe tries to win the rubber match against the Chicago White Sox (so far, so good in the 7th).
On Saturday, August 27 the Baseball Heritage Museum in the Colonial Marketplace, 530 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland, will host an event honoring the 75th anniversary of Bob Feller’s first Major League game. The one-hour program will be held at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. Here’s a brief summary from the host, historian Morris Eckhouse: The program is “This Date in the Life of Bob Feller,” an interactive look back at important places, people, and events in the life and career of the Hall of Fame pitcher from Van Meter, Iowa to Cleveland, Ohio and from League Park to Progressive Field. There will be an emphasis on Feller’s debut in a Tribe uniform at League Park and a look at other stars of 1936 including Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Dizzy Dean, and the Great Lakes Exposition. The museum will also display new exhibit items featuring the iconic Cleveland Hall of Famer.”
- This story has already gotten a great bit of attention, but it’s well worth sharing again. When Jack Hannahan was unable to afford a private flight to see his wife (she was in labor prematurely) the team chipped in and made it happen.
- At The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe takes a look at how Omar Vizquel signed his first contract 10,000 days ago.
- Austin Kearns cleared waivers and was officially released by the Indians today. I’m surprised he didn’t end up in Columbus, especially since they’re in a pennant race as well. I thought he may be able to help their outfield, but obviously that was not the case.
- ESPN’s Insider Trade Rumors page mentioned that Jim Thome has not yet been put on waivers by the Minnesota Twins, but it’s believed that two of his former teams, the Indians and the Phillies, have some level of interest. I think I forgot to mention it the other day – a belated congrats to Thome on hitting home runs 599 and 600 in consecutive at-bats on Monday night! It was nice that he used those home runs to help beat Detroit.
- Last but not least – Jason Kipnis was a late scratch from the lineup tonight. Fortunately, it had nothing to do with the oblique injury that’s been bothering him for the past week or so. He actually had a tight hamstring prior to the game; hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup shortly.